A new law recently passed in New York aims to improve the information that breast cancer patients receive about reconstructive surgery and how it may be financed.
An unfortunate reality is that many patients don’t undergo breast reconstruction because they’re not aware about the procedure’s coverage under universal health insurance. Doctors pushed for the new law so that a discussion of breast reconstruction options would be required, thus increasing the number of patients undergoing the surgery.
There seems to be a stark contrast in resources between breast reconstruction patients of different backgrounds. Evidently, some are making decisions about treatment with a relative lack of information, while others are independently seeking out advanced microsurgical procedures.
According to a recent study in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, a growing number of breast cancer patients are using the Internet to find a reconstructive surgeon on their own, and many are choosing advanced microsurgical breast reconstruction procedures.